What is MT-NewsWatcher?

MT-NewsWatcher is a Usenet news client for the Macintosh. Usenet is a globally distributed news network over which many thousands of people distribute messages every day, and which contains discussion groups on virtually every topic under the sun. MT-NewsWatcher allows you to quickly and efficiently target the articles you wish to read, with sophisticated yet easy to use filtering, searching and sorting features. The program also makes viewing and saving binaries from newsgroups easy, and works transparently across multiple news servers.

MT-NewsWatcher is derived from an earlier program called simply "NewsWatcher", by John Norstad of Northwestern University, but greatly enhances that program's feature set.


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MT-NewsWatcher 3.5.2 is now available as a Universal Binary. Click the image on the left to download it. For older versions, go to downloads page.

A beta release, MT-NewsWatcher 3.5.3b3, is available for users running on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)


Software costs money to develop: hardware has to be maintained, development tools updated, and there are new service and web hosting costs. My time is free, but unfortunately these other costs are unavoidable.

If you've used MT-NewsWatcher over the years and would like to show your appreciation with a donation, please use this PayPal button to donate an amount that you think is appropriate (say, $25).

MT-NewsWatcher Documentation

Extensive documentation is available for all the features of MT-NewsWatcher. You can dive into this documentation using the Table of contents.

There is also a searchable index of the documentation.

Bug Reports

First, check the Version History page to see whether I am aware of this bug, or intend to add a new feature in a future version. If it's not listed, please email bug reports to me, including at least the following information:

  • Machine type
  • System version
  • Description of what you were doing when the problem occurred
  • The sequence of steps necessary to show the bug

If MT-NewsWatcher is crashing on Mac OS X, please send me a Crash Reporter log. You can find the log in ~/Library/Logs/CrashReporter; the file will be called MT-NewsWatcher.crash.log. You may have to turn Crash Reporter on in the preferences of the Console application on Mac OS 10.2 and earlier.

Conditions of distribution and use

MT-NewsWatcher is free. It may not be sold for profit or included with other software, products, publications, or services which are sold for profit without the permission of Simon Fraser, but otherwise you should feel free to use it and redistribute it.

Please see the legal section of the documentation preface for more information.

About the Author

MT-NewsWatcher has been in development over the past 9 years by Simon Fraser, based on the source code for the original NewsWatcher program by John Norstad. Simon is currently working in for Apple Computer, in Cupertino, CA.

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